Artist Emmet Gowin shares stories through photography

Few people have heard of — yet alone seen — water treatment pollution caused by paper mills. Even fewer have seen such damage from the sky and called it art. Yet for world-renowned photographer and current Montgomery Fellow Emmet Gowin, a certain fascination and peculiar sense of beauty comes in the circular blossoms of tropical hues that explode from the seemingly serene water.

Gowin captured the image in “Aeration Pond, Toxic Water Treatment Facility, Pine Bluff, Arkansas” (1989), one of many photographs the artist presented in his Montgomery Lecture on Tuesday. The world-renowned photographer spoke about the progression of his life and career through personal pictures, which dated back to his own undergraduate years at the Richmond Professional Institute (now called Virginia Commonwealth University), before crowds packed into the Hood Museum auditorium.

Welcome: Christina Seely

Christina Seely is an artist whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in many public and private collections including; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The West Collection and The Walker Art Center. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a participant on the Arctic Circle Program, and a recipient of a year long Public Arts Commission from the city of San Francisco.

Most recently she received the 2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, her first monograph Lux, will be co-published in 2015 by Radius Books and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and work from her latest project, Makers of Time was recently included the exhibition Staking Claim: A California Invitational at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

Seely received a BA from Carleton College and an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.


Exhibition: Daniel Heyman: Artist in Residence

Sept. 24- Nov. 24 2013

On view in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery this fall Daniel Heyman presents 5 monumental print projects as well as sketches and studies that lead to their creation. In 3 of the projects Heyman explores non-traditional supports for prints, most notably wood veneer and plaster. The earliest of the works on display is the monumental anti-war etching on plywood, When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles’ Wings are Clipped, 2009-2010 stretching to almost 11’x12’ when fully displayed; the other four works are more recent and consist of four large-scale, seasonal self-portraits, entitled: Summer: Artist Sleeps 2010; Fall: Artist Eats Pho 2011; Winter: Artist Engages 2012; Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance) 2012. Using unusual printmaking materials, Heyman has explored etching and woodcut on plaster in the monumental 75 plaster tile work Winter: Artist Engages as well as etching on wood veneer in Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance). Preliminary sketches, notebooks and working drawings for “When Photographers are Blinded…” and the self-portraits will also be on view. An illustrated exhibition catalogue with essay by John Yau will be available.

Award-Winning Alumni Exhibit Their Artwork at the Hop

On a hot day in Hanover, student employee Jessica Venturino ’15 keeps watch in the air-conditioned Jaffe-Friede Gallery in the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Each week, she works a five-hour shift, monitoring the gallery, where the work of last year’s Perspectives On Design (POD) Award winners is on exhibit. Not surprisingly, she has become quite familiar with the artwork of the four recent Dartmouth graduates—Bogyi Banovich ’11, Do-Hee Kim ’12, Stuart Lantry ’12, and Emily Shaw ’12.

“I really like this one,” she says, pointing to a work by Shaw—an apparent moose antler in the shape of a swing, which hangs prominently from the ceiling. “It’s just such a cool idea. But they’re all pretty impressive.”

Visitors can get a look at the works through September 1.

The annual POD Award was established by David and Judith Collins, the parents of Paul Collins ’90. The award recognizes exceptional work by graduating studio art majors. The winners receive funding to pursue their art for a year, which culminates in the Jaffe-Friede exhibition at Dartmouth the following summer.